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Old 13th December 2017, 01:49 PM
Aniara Aniara is offline
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Don't discount the fact that I am a first generation immigrant. My other immigrant family members are only from the previous two or three generations and very few in number.

My husband has almost 50% more matches than his mom who is half Italian, and her Italian grandparents were first generation immigrants. Most of her matches are on her British side, and they're descended from Squire Boone. But my FIL's side is all German and has been here since the early 1700s, over 150 years before my husband's Italian great grandparents got here.

We spoke only English in Trinidad, but my mother never heard of autosomal tests, and neither had my second cousin who is about my age. I'm sure they don't have ads on tv there for Ancestry DNA like we do here. It's not simply about what language you speak/read. It's about marketing. And free shipping on Amazon is not the same as marketing.

I use Amazon all the time, and I started using it before most people knew it even existed, yet autosomal tests were never suggested to me and I never thought to go looking for them there. And it's not to say I only just recently became interested in this test. But until I just casually started searching last year, I didn't know it was even available. I don't watch tv (unless I'm sitting in the break room at work and the volume is too high to ignore), so if there were ads back then, I wouldn't know.

FTDNA ships internationally, but they should really get some advertising to these other countries.
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Old 14th December 2017, 07:31 AM
montagnoli montagnoli is offline
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My data:

My Heritage matches: 4

Ftdna matches with longest block => 12 cM: 19

ratio: 4.75

(It seems too few Italians are taking dna tests these days...).

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Old 14th December 2017, 12:20 PM
MoberlyDrake MoberlyDrake is offline
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(It seems too few Italians are taking dna tests these days...).
DNA testing may be illegal in Italy.
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Old 14th December 2017, 05:44 PM
khazaria khazaria is offline
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DNA testing may be illegal in Italy.
It's not, and I know from personal contacts that there have been new testers this year who reside in Sicily who have Sicilian ancestry and, in one case, Northern Italian ancestry. It's just that Italians as a whole have a long way to catch up to the level of popularity of DNA testing among other nationalities and ethnicities.
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Old 11th January 2018, 11:28 AM
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My heritage matches went from 230 to 2660 over 10 times the database in one day
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Old 11th January 2018, 01:55 PM
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My heritage matches went from 230 to 2660 over 10 times the database in one day
Please, some information.

Did you DNA test at MyHeritage? Or did you DNA test at FTDNA and upload to MyHeritage?

How many matches do you have at FTDNA?
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Old 11th January 2018, 02:45 PM
ltd-jean-pull ltd-jean-pull is offline
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I've uploaded two FtDNA kits to MyHeritage. Both have gone from having under 200 matches to over 2000.

A fourth cousin and I were exchanging e-mails across the Tasman Sea last night. She had three Ancestry kits uploaded to MyHeritage. One previously had fewer than 100 matches (V2) and another had over 200 (a V1 Ancestry kit). They now have over 1000 and 2000 respectively.

The kit with 1000 matches has unknown paternity and the paternity appears to be European but not from the British Isles, which may explain the fewer matches rather than the version of the kit.
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Old 11th January 2018, 03:48 PM
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Please, some information.

Did you DNA test at MyHeritage? Or did you DNA test at FTDNA and upload to MyHeritage?

How many matches do you have at FTDNA?
I tested at FTDNA on FTDNA I have 2581 matches on my heritage I have 2662
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Old 11th January 2018, 05:10 PM
jimbirk jimbirk is offline
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To ltd-jean-pull and msc 44

Thanks for the information about MyHeritage uploads. I decided to go for it and uploaded my and my brother's DNA.

I have hesitated to use MyHeritage for years, even for free, due to bad reviews. I have known for years that I have multiple Danish cousins with family trees there. As I was adding my Danish family tree ancestors I got multiple tree matches. After I confirmed the 2nd match I got the "Upgrade To Premium" screen.
OK, no thanks, I'll see if my Danish cousins can figure out who I am. Or I'll get my in touch with 2nd cousins in Denmark to contact the rest of the extended Birk clan.
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Old 11th January 2018, 11:25 PM
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1,000,050 Kits

As of december 27th, My Heritage is now claiming to have 1,000,050 kits in their database. Interesting how they have so few matches.
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